Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the immediate availability of Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software. The new version offers numerous enhancements, including tighter Web integration, support for industry standard protocols like Open DataBase Connectivity (ODBC) that connect Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) forms with back-end databases, and easier data exchange in Adobe PDF files through support for XML. Acrobat 5.0 software for Windows 95 OSR 2.0, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 with service pack 5 or 6, Windows ME and Windows 2000, and Macintosh OS 8.6 (all Web-based capabilities are not available due to Apple OS limitations), 9.0.4 and 9.1, is available immediately in the United States and Canada for an estimated street price of U.S. $249. Registered users of earlier Acrobat software versions can upgrade to Acrobat 5.0 for U.S. $99. French, German and Japanese versions of Acrobat 5.0 are expected to be available in the second calendar quarter of 2001. Information about other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies, is available online at